School Visit to 100% Design and TENT for London Design Week
On Friday 22nd September, Jane Cleal took four students to London to visit the 100% Design exhibition and TENT.
Trips like these are optional at the school, but Jane Cleal is a real advocate of our students attending design events and exhibitions because they improve awareness of production manufacturing techniques, keep students aware of the current trends in design and interiors, offer good design inspiration and are a good insight into how industry presents itself in terms of stalls, branding etc.
It’s also a jolly day out from the workshop!
Our students really enjoyed both exhibitions and got very different things out of both 100% Design and TENT.
From 100% design, many of the students found inspiration in the pieces that they saw – but also found it very beneficial for making links with suppliers. Tim was interested to discover veneer suppliers and leather manufacturers that were in the locality of where he lives – and he was able to talk to them about new production processes and advances in leather printing that he was unaware of before his visit.
All of our students found TENT really interesting, with some preferring it over 100% Design for the reason that you can meet smaller makers and have a better conversation with them about their design and making process. Our students commented that TENT felt like a better place to network, and that in being able to talk with the smaller makers, there were useful discoveries to be made such as new and interesting materials being used in design - and how to work with different materials.
As such our students came back with ideas incorporating new materials they had not been aware of before their visit.
It also shows just how important it is to take time out of the workshop to connect with other makers and experience where the industry is - and where it’s going.
For more information about other trips that we offer our full time students, feel free to give the office a call on 01984 667555.